- Antwerp, Belgium
- Welcome to the new, and improved version of Heaven in Belgium. I am Jientje. "Jientje", like the boys name Gene, followed by "chu"? "Gene-chu", that's how you pronounce my name. Yes!!!!That's it!! So now you know huh? I am an addicted blogger. I was born and raised and am still living in Belgium. Yeah, the "this-is- Tuesday-so-this-must-be-Brussels" kind of Belgium .. There, you see? Maybe you couldn't find it on the map, but at least I'm trying to change that a little by sharing lots of pictures. I really love to cook and create new things, like this blog for instance. I am a mother, not a grandmother,I don't know if I'll ever be, but I'll let you know in due time! Oh and um ... I am a wife too! They say I'm a traveler, and a photographer. Well that's just what they say, I love to make pictures, but I am far from professional ... If my English is not perfect, that would be because it's my second language. I do hope you'll forgive me any possible misspellings or strange vocabulary ... Now, as a result of all of the above, I get way too little sleep and my days are always much too short!
Heaven is in Belgium
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Modern Lace, by Me. The Video.
I was always fascinated watching my first husband's Mom make lace, and one day I managed to persuade her to teach me. She must have spent half her life making lace, and I'm very grateful for the time and the patience she invested to pass her knowledge on to me. I can still hear the ticking sound of the bobbins going through her hands. She used to call it "spellewerken", which means working with needles. The next video gives an idea what the first lessons must have been like and how confusing and complicated it must have looked to the fifteen year old I was at that time.
When later in life I moved to Antwerp, I lost contact with her, but not with lace making.
I took classes, and learned how to interpret the old patterns, get creative with this old art and make new designs using different materials. I developed my own style and enjoyed making my very own designs.
But somewhere along the line when life had become too busy for this time consuming hobby, my bobbin lace boards ended up on top of my wardrobe and stayed there for at least fifteen years. Until recently when I challenged myself to pick it up again. I had to dig deep to remember how to, but I managed to master it and I am now back to drawing and making my own designs.
This is the one I was working on last week, I completed it yesterday.
And this is a detail of the finished work.
And if you're curious to see me at work, here's a video we made a couple of months back when I was working on my first design. This time, the hands are MY hands ...
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